The Marvelous Providences of God in the Conversion of Sinners

From John Flavel’s The Mystery of Providence (Works, IV:377-82) Now there be divers things in those providences, that are versant about this work, which are exceeding sweet and taking: As, [...]

Sherwood’s Remarkable Courage

The punishments placed on the ejected Puritan ministers were often severe. Often dependent on the whims of the local magistrates, their courage was tried and tested. Here is an example of [...]

An Excellent Scholar, A Good Critic and Mighty in the Scriptures

The Act of Uniformity stripped the English Church of many of its best and brightest. George Hammond’s life is a testimony to the intellectual talent of which the Church was [...]

Joseph Alleine’s Pastoral Prayer

After he was ejected from his ministry in Taunton, Joseph Alleine continued to be deeply concerned for the welfare of the flock he was forced to leave. He wrote letters to them, urging them to [...]

The Resurrection of the Ministry of the Church

While many teach that Christianity must bring health and wealth, those who read Scripture understand that the opposite is true: our faith carries us through darkness. The Christian life does not [...]

Gems from Calamy & Palmer: Obscure but Faithful

One of the great pieces of literature about the Puritan era is The Nonconformist’s Memorial originally penned by Edmund Calamy, and later revised and updated by Samuel Palmer. Many years [...]

The Headship of Christ in the Church

From John Cotton’s The Keys of the Kingdom 65-67 All legislative power (power of making of Laws) in the Church is in [Christ], and not from him derived to any other, Jam. 4. 12. La. 33. 22. [...]

A Welcome to the Plague?

In 1666 (it has been referred to as ‘that apocalyptical year 1666′) plague ravaged England. In London, 60,000 people–that’s one out of every five–died from this [...]

The Quiet Sin

In 1859, a book titled Sketches and Lessons From Daily Life was published under the pen name ‘Felix Friendly.’ It is an interesting little work, devotional in nature, and thought [...]

How May We Know that There is a God?

One of the leaders of the Westminster Assembly, John Arrowsmith (1602-1659) sought to answer this question. His remarks are very interesting: There are six several acts which every man of [...]